Friday, 19 May 2017
Piiptsjilling – Fiif / album release by Peter Foolen Editions
Piiptsjilling – Fiif
‘Fiif’ is the new and fifth album by Piiptsjilling, to be released on June 23rd by Peter Foolen Editions.
Piiptsjilling consists of Jan & Romke Kleefstra (Alvaret Ensemble, Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra, etc.), Mariska Baars (soccer Commitee) and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). They combine poetry with vocals, guitars and electronics. Whether in the studio or live, they always improvise. Without much discussion, they just start, and the music magically pours out, sometimes ethereally beautiful and at other times abstract and noisy.
Jan Kleefstra’s poems are in Frisian, a language most listeners won’t literally understand, but can just as well be experienced on a musical level, adding a sense of mysterious melancholy to the music.
‘Fiif’ doesn’t so much mark a new chapter for the band, but rather an organic progression of their sound. There’s a rougher edge to it then on previous albums like Wurdskrieme (Experimedia, 2010) or Moarntiids (Midira, 2014), and Mariska’s vocals have gained an even more important role.
The album was recorded at Studio Landscape in Gau and mastered by Lawrence English at 158, Brisbane, Australia, and will be released on cd and as download.
The CD is released in an edition of 300 copies and comes in a vinyl transparent sleeve containing a folded poster with an image of a painting by Mariska Baars and the lyrics in Frisian and English.
Fiif is available for pre-order for 8 euro at
or email me
After 23 June the price is 10 euro
more info about Piiptsjilling and its members